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Coming Up: Second UNWTO Global Conference on Wine Tourism in Mendoza

The Wine Economist

The second United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Conference on Wine Tourism is coming to Mendoza, Argentina on September 28-30, 2017. You can view the preliminary program here). Sue and I had the pleasure to participate in the first UNWTO global wine tourism conference in the Republic of Georgia in 2016 and are excited to […]

Big & Hot Wine: Cab Boom, Napa Bubble, Think Pink, Back to the Future?

The Wine Economist

Last week’s Wine Economist column featured a very basic “Big and Hot” analysis of recent U.S. wine market data, focusing on which parts of the market are the most interesting in terms of “big” total expenditures versus the fastest growing “hot” categories. (If you haven’t read the first column, click here to check it out.) […]

New “Wine by Numbers” + Analysis of Global & US Wine Market Dynamics

The Wine Economist

  A new edition of Wine by Numbers was released a few days ago and it is required reading for anyone interested in global wine market dynamics. Wine by Numbers presents current data about global wine exports, imports and patterns of trade. It is a free resource provided by the Unione Italiani Vini, the Italian […]

Celebrating Milestones for Canada (150 Years) & Canadian Wine (37 Vintages)

The Wine Economist

Milestones. Do they mark how far you have come on a journey? Or do they tell you how far you’ve left to go? Both, I guess, which gives them a (wine) glass half full / half empty quality that invites contemplation. Canada and Canadian wine have reached important milestones recently and I think there is […]

When is a Wine Tourist Not a Wine Tourist? Lessons from Cyprus

The Wine Economist

We were sitting on the terrace at Nelion Winery, perched on the famous Paphos-Troodos road, talking with winemaker Marinos Ioannou and tasting his excellent wines. (We loved a dry red made from the indigenous Ofthalmo grape variety and brought home a bottle to share with friends here). A Happening Place Nelion was kind of a happening place […]

The Next New Zealand? Reflections on Cyprus Wine Industry in Transition

The Wine Economist

“Cyprus wines? Not really sure I have ever had one. Do they make much wine in Cyprus?” Many readers of this column would probably say something similar when asked about Cyprus wine, but the person I was talking to was a bit different. I spotted him on the Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt to Seattle and […]

Look Through the Rainbow: Cyprus Wine’s History of Boom and Bust

The Wine Economist

We were sitting in the sleek, modern Vlassides Winery tasting the wonderful wines of Sophocles Vlassides and hearing his strong views on wine, Cypriot wine, and his own ambitious winery project, when it started to rain. Weather can be complicated in these mountains and soon the sun began to shine through the showers creating first a simple rainbow, then […]

Back to the Future? First Impressions of Wine and Wine Tourism in Cyprus

The Wine Economist

Cyprus is known for many things: culture (fantastic archaeological sites), cuisine (haloumi, the wonderful grilling cheese), international politics (the ongoing dispute with Turkey over the island itself), and tourism (beautiful beach resorts). Cypriot wine? Probably not on your radar for reasons I will explain in next week’s column. But that wasn’t always the case. Commandaria, […]

Goodbye Columbus? Three Variations on a Barcelona-Based Wine Tourism Theme

The Wine Economist

The monument to Christopher Columbus at the foot of the Las Ramblas promenade must be one of the most-viewed sights in very scenic Barcelona. Standing atop his tall column, Columbus points to the sea, an act that makes sense both for Columbus himself and for Barcelona, a city that has long turned its face to […]

Sketches of Spain: State-of-the-Art Wine Tourism Does More than Sell Wine

The Wine Economist

Wine tourism is no longer about just selling wine. Wineries understand that it is a way to build or strengthen a brand and to create brand ambassadors. The United Nations World Tourism Organization Wine Tourism initiative goes further . The UNWTO  proposes that wine tourism is or can be a set of rich experiences that use wine […]

How Will Brexit Impact World Wine Markets? A Dismal New Forecast

The Wine Economist

My remarks at the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium‘s “State of the Industry” session earlier this year focused on the uncertainty surrounding Brexit (Britain’s choice to exit the European Union) and the great potential it has to damage wine markets in both the UK and other countries. I called Brexit a “known unknown” because we […]

Ten Years Later … The Wine Economist Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

The Wine Economist

Next week — on Memorial Day, in fact — the Wine Economist will celebrate its 10th anniversary. Ten years of regular columns about the world of wine as seen from an economist’s perspective. The very first column, which is reproduced below, was an account of my visit to family-owned Fielding Hills winery, one of Washington’s […]

Can Sherry Be the Next Big Thing?

The Wine Economist

Can Sherry be the “Next Big Thing” in wine? I know what you are thinking. Sherry? C’mon! That’ll never catch fire in a big way. And you may be right, but give me a chance to make my case before you close the door on the Sherry cabinet. One of the things that Sue and […]

Questioning the Conventional Wisdom About the Spanish Wine Industry

The Wine Economist

The conventional wisdom is that Spain is an Old World wine country (along with France, Italy, Portugal, etc.) and it is easy to see why. First there is geography. Old World = Europe. QED. End of discussion. Old World Wine Then there is the matter of wine culture. One of the characteristics of Old World […]

Sketches of Spain: Spanish Wine Industry Challenges and Opportunities

The Wine Economist

Sketches of Spain is the title of the 1960 Miles Davis/Gil Evans album that deftly walks the line between classical and jazz genres, with Davis’s virtuosity shining throughout. Scroll down to the bottom of this column if you’ve never heard this great recording. Sue and I have recently returned from a visit to Spain, where […]

Refreshing On-Premise Wine Market Strategies (without Jumping the Shark)

The Wine Economist

How does a traditional craft product innovate to be competitive and relevant in today’s marketplace, but do so without losing its soul? I think about this a lot both in my job as an economist studying the wine industry and, in my other life, as the trustee of a liberal arts college.  Both wine and […]

Around the World in Eighty Wines: Racing to the Finish Line

The Wine Economist

Sue and I spend so much time travelling to visit the world’s wine regions and speaking to wine industry groups that we sometimes feel a bit like Phileas Fogg and Passepartout, the characters in Jules Verne’s novel Around the World in Eighty Days. That feeling and the experiences that go with it are one of […]

Wine Economist World Tour Update: Valladolid, Spain and Paphos, Cyprus

The Wine Economist

The “Wine Economist World Tour” is on the road again and I thought you might want to know about the upcoming stops. FEV General Assembly / Valladolid, Spain Sue and I will be in historic Valladolid, Spain on the 28th of March. I’m giving a keynote address on the dynamics of the global wine market […]

Eight Flavors of American Wine? Reflections on Sarah Lohman’s New Book

The Wine Economist

Sarah Lohman, Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine. Simon & Schuster, 2016. Sue and I have been reading Eight Flavors, a fascinating new book by Sarah Lohman about food products that have transformed the American palate. Once exotic, now they are ubiquitous. Can’t imagine American cuisine without them. This Changes Everything? Lohman passes on coffee, […]

Try It, You’ll Like It: What Can Wine Learn from the Cruise Ship Industry?

The Wine Economist

I keep finding cruise brochures folded into the weekend newspapers that arrive here at Wine Economist world headquarters. Ads of various sorts for wine clubs associated with those same papers show up frequently, too. That got me thinking, which is usually a mistake. What do ocean or river cruises and those wine clubs have in common? […]

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